New minister for children’s social care following cabinet reshuffle

David Johnson has been appointed as the new minister for children’s social care following a cabinet reshuffle which took place on August 31st. 

He is the fifth person to become minister for children, families and wellbeing in the last two years, taking over duties from Claire Coutinho who has been promoted to the cabinet as energy secretary.

From children in care, child safeguarding and families, to care leavers and mental health provision, the post encompasses a wealth of important responsibilities. 

His appointment arrives amidst a period of major turbulence for the children’s social care sector, which is undergoing a series of reforms across children’s social care, services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and early years policy.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said: “We welcome David Johnston as the new minister for children, families, and wellbeing and look forward to working with him in his new role.

“There’s no question that Mr Johnston takes on this role at a crucial and challenging time for the sector. Not only are providers preparing themselves for the biggest expansion of the early entitlement in recent history but the sector is facing its most difficult time in decades, with nurseries, pre-schools and childminders closing their doors in record numbers and educators leaving the sector in their droves.”

“We hope that David Johnston can be both an advocate for the early years sector and ensure that, at an incredibly important time for the sector, it is at the very top of the government’s priority list.”

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